Oct 10, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best (44) before the game against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

Jahvid Best Not Cleared to Return to Detroit Lions

Jim Schwartz had no update on the status of running back Jahvid Best during his press conference earlier this afternoon. However, it didn’t take long after that for the news to come out. From the shallow football-based perspective and the much more meaningful perspective of Jahvid’s overall health, the news isn’t good.

Martin Mayhew released the following statement:

After today’s consultation with medical experts, including representatives from our medical and training staffs, it has been determined that Jahvid will not be permitted to return to play at this time.

Throughout this entire process we always have placed the highest priority on what is best for Jahvid from a health and safety standpoint. While today’s decision is disappointing from a football perspective, we fully and entirely respect and support this recommendation.

Jahvid will continue to work with our medical and training staffs with the hope that he ultimately will be cleared to return to the playing field.

It has been a full year since Jahvid Best last played so it is hard to see him returning any time soon. If he isn’t able to get cleared now, what is likely to change between now and the end of this season? Probably nothing.

Best has stated that he isn’t thinking about retirement but he needs medical clearance if he is to ever see the field again. It’s clear from Mayhew’s statement that today’s news isn’t the end of the line but at least one beat writer is willing to lay it out there that this has been coming for a while:

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